From Korea Times: Ignorance Breeds Racism

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  1. JQ says:

    I don’t think ignorance is a proper word for Korean racism. Koreans don’t have experience of having lived with foreigners, so I think inexperience is the more proper word for it. Some European countries have multi-cultural communities as a legacy of their colonialism and, in some way, they are paying price for their guilt of colonialism. Americas and Australia are new continents of immigrants. Korea was not an imperial power over colonies or part of a new continent of immigrants. Therefore, many Koreans feel multi-culturalism, in which Koreans should live with foreigners, is an unfair social burden on them. Koreans naturally believe we ourselves have built our country, not by colonialism, nor by immigrants. Why do we have to pay the price? It would take a hundred years for Koreans to accept multiculturalism or maybe impossible even after a few hundred years.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi JQ! It isn’t easy, especially for a country like Korea that has a 5,000 year history, to just accept multiculturalism. It shouldn’t be a burden to treat people who are not Koreans as human beings. Why should other people who don’t look Korean be treated unkindly? Like I said, in my experience I haven’t felt being treated unkindly for not being Korean.

  2. Annp says:

    Co-existing with non-Koreans is a social burden? I wonder where South Korea will be today if foreign countries did not come to their aid to turn the tide against communism? Probably, one unified Korea under Kim Jong Un. Forget about democracy and South Korea being a high-tech, developed country. Sure, Koreans built their country by themselves all this time without any help from immigrants. Not even in the last few decades. Nope, surely not from Filipinos and other people from South East Asia who work in factories in South Korea as well as in Korean companies based outside of Korea. Nah, Koreans did it all by themselves.

  3. I don’t think staring would bother me either. It’s just curiosity. And it should be pretty obvious if someone is looking at you with hostility.

    I get stared at even in my own country, heh 🙂

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